February 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
Meeting Place – Student Union Bldg., Room TBA
Lubbock V-Men Workshop 2012 Beliefs*:
1. Violence against women is not merely a female issue; it is a human dilemma twisting the lives and consciences of men as well; men whose voices needed to be heard in order for the dialogue that began ten years ago with the founding of V-Day to be complete.
2. Men have stories to tell as well. Men whose lives have been affected by the female abuse, who’ve secretly hoisted dark crosses of shame, outrage, guilt even self-loathing — over what they’ve seen, done, not done, not said, throughout their lives, imagining themselves accountable somehow for acts they may not have committed but which implicated them by association – could actually help to shed unique light on the epidemic of violence being perpetrated by members of their sex.
3. With V-Day celebrating its eleventh year anniversary, and the war on female violence nowhere near won, we can no longer afford to keep men’s voices out of the conversation.
4. You don’t have to be a woman to suffer from misogyny. It is far too late in the day for male guilt by association. There’s only one team in the human race.
5. All men can play a vital role in this process by challenging rape-supporting attitudes and behaviors and raising awareness about the damaging impact of sexual violence. Every time a man’s voice joins those of women in speaking out against rape, the world becomes safer for us all.
*Information adapted from Mark Matousek’s V-Men Introduction
This workshop is about gathering the input and experiences of men for the development of a new performance piece entitled “10 Ways to Be a Man.”
The workshop will be video recorded and each participant will need to sign a release form.
There will be a PowerPoint presentation, and Michael Iezzi will lead the workshop. Here are some of the questions that you will be asked to consider and discuss, so that you get an idea of what to expect.
– What did we learn from our fathers about manhood and masculinity?
– What does it mean to be strong?
– How does aggression play a part in sexuality?
– Do you feel guilt or shame for being a man?
A light lunch or snacks will be provided. Also, free tickets to one performance of The Vagina Monologues will be given to all participants.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact either Michael Iezzi (Michael.Iezzi@ttu.edu) or GeJa Seeley-Hayle (GeJapeach25@gmail.com).